Truckee girls golf: Nousiainen finishes 3rd at state to lead Wolverines
Truckee junior Annika Nousiainen wrapped up a fine season with a third-place finish individually in the 3A State High School Girls Golf Championship in Boulder City.
Nousiainen, who earned the North’s No. 1 seed at the regional tournament, shot an 89 on Day 1 and a 92 on Day 2 for a two-day total of 181. That score tied Boulder City’s Indiana Mead for second place (although Mead was given the higher placing based on the tiebreaker format).
and#8220;Annika had a fantastic season,and#8221; said Truckee head coach Mike Merriman, adding that Nousiainen won four of the six regular-season tournaments she entered. and#8220;In my opinion she’s the best player in our division. She did really well at state for the amount of pressure she was under. I was very proud of her.and#8221;
Senior Felisha Baeza of Virgin Valley won state, shooting an 85 both days for a 170.
Besides Nousiainen, teammates Leah Arth, Sophie Aaron and Carley O’Connell also were among the seven individual qualifiers for state.
Arth placed 11th, shooting a 106 and a 107 for a two-day total of 213.
and#8220;Leah Arth also had a fantastic year,and#8221; Merriman said. and#8220;She’s a fourth-year golfer, and she played very well this year.and#8221;
Aaron finished 27th at state (118-130 and#8212; 248) and O’Connell 34th (128-143 and#8212; 271).
Merriman said Aaron was Truckee’s most improved golfer, as she entered the season having never played the game before. and#8220;She improved by leaps and bounds,and#8221; the coach said.
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